Simply Making it Through the Holidays…

Below is self explanatory. I have to laugh. I feel like I raised my a1c for the last 3 months just by how my blood sugars were acting yesterday!

Simply Making it through the Holidays | www.iamatype1diabetic.com

I’m kinda glad that Christmas is over, yet New Years may actually effect my blood sugars more. Be careful drinking my fellow diabetic friends! My new years resolution will be to get my a1c below 7.0. I’ve been getting closer, last one was 7.3, but my endrocrongolist  wants to continue to get it down more.

This Holiday Season

Merry Christmas from Calla at www.IAmAType1Diabetic.com.
Merry Christmas from Calla at http://www.IAmAType1Diabetic.com.

It’s been really busy lately, and I haven’t had the chance to really talk about diabetes, let alone write a post for my blog. For that my followers, I am sorry. Hopefully my older posts have kept you interested and entertained.

I just wanted to wish all my diabetic followers a wonderful Holiday season, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year (in case I don’t get the opportunity to do so!)

2014 was a great year and I definitely feel like I am improving my life, both physically with my diabetes and emotionally! I married the man of my dreams, changed my last name, got to go on some awesome vacations, dealt with some high and low blood sugars, and now I can’t wait to see what the future in 2015 brings. Thank you for being a part of my special year.

  • What type of insulin pump do you use? Where do you typically wear it?
  • Are you currently using a continuous glucose monitor? Do you like it?
  • How do you feel when your blood sugars are low? What about high?
  • Do your blood sugars rise quickly when you are mad? or stressed?
  • How did you find out you had diabetes? How old were you?

I’ve got some ideas of posts that I want to talk about in the coming year… but your questions on here and on my youtube channel are always inspiring. I use the OmniPod insulin pump and the Dexcom G4 platinum CGM. Please comment below what you want to hear about in 2015, and I will try my best to make your wish a reality.

World Diabetes Day

Today is World Diabetes Day and I am participating in a 14-14-14 challenge by taking 14 minutes on November 14th and sending out 14 emails to help create a world without Type 1 Diabetes. You can help me and JDRF make this a successful campaign by making a donation here.

JDRF is turning Type One into Type None…with not just a vision, but a plan. JDRF is the only global organization with a strategic research plan to end Type 1 Diabetes (T1D). Their plan will create a future where:

  • Blood-glucose levels can be controlled automatically
  • A T1D can sleep, eat, exercise, and live as if T1D is not in their lives
  • T1D can be prevented and never threaten anyone again
  • T1D can be cured

Please help me by making a 100% tax-deductible donation to my team. Over 80% of the funds raised by JDRF directly support research and related education. Thanks in advanced for your support.

Common Myths About Diabetes

National Diabetes Month is upon us. I was recently asked about what I thought people without diabetes, or unfamiliar with diabetes, should be made more aware of.  People are oblivious. People are ignorant. People think they know everything.

I say “people” because I have to include myself in that category. Before being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, I had heard of diabetes, but never knew what it actually was. I didn’t know how it could affect me. I didn’t know how it could change me.

Common Myths About Diabetes | www.iamatype1diabetic.comBelow are a few common misconceptions about diabetes.

  • Type 1 Diabetes does not occur from eating to much sugar. Type 1 Diabetes occurs because the immune system attacks the insulin producing beta cells in the pancreas. This has to be the first one on my list because even my husband thinks to much sugar causes diabetes! In the movie Hazel & Gretle: Witch Hunters, Hanzel had to give himself a shot because the witch made him eat to much candy as a kid. This is the type of complete obviousness that I cannot stand! No Hanzel, you did not get diabetes from eating to much candy! I don’t care what Hollywood says.
  • Insulin is a cure for diabetes. Ask any diabetic, or parent of a diabetic, and they will agree that insulin is not a cure. It just keeps us alive until we can find an actual cure. Insulin allows me to manage diabetes a hell-of-a-lot easier, but also makes me have low blood sugars. Honestly, the low blood sugars are scarier than the high blood sugar levels.
  • You don’t look sick. I do not “look sick” because I take serious care of my diabetes. My body is constantly having a raging war against itself. I am continuously thinking about my diabetes, and my blood sugar levels. To make the non-diabetic understand: It feels like I have a little child to always take care of… one that is always asking me to do things and play with it. One who’s body is extremely tired, but has to stay up until his blood sugar reaches a normal level. One that says he’s hungry, but has to wait at least 20 minutes until his blood sugar comes down.
  • You’ll grow out of “it”. Ha… I wish! Diabetes and I have a long life sentence together. I wish my pancreas would just magically start producing insulin. Unfortunately, I will be insulin dependent for the rest of my life.
  • People with diabetes can’t eat sugar. The fact of the matter is, if a diabetic has a low blood sugar, they need sugar to bring their blood sugar back to a normal level.  In reality, a type 1 diabetic can eat whatever he or she wants to, they just need to give themselves insulin accordingly. Personally, I prefer not to eat much sugar or carbs because sometimes it is hard to calculate appropriately. I also feel like giving myself more insulin makes me gain weight, but this may or may not be true.
  • You can cure diabetes with diet & exercise and loosing weight. I blame Halle Berry for this one. Halle Berry was diagnosed with diabetes. She stated that she had type 1 and had claimed that she was able to stop giving  herself insulin after changing her diet. In turn, it “cured” her diabetes. Um, what? The fact is, she was probably misdiagnosed and had type 2 diabetes all along. There is no cure for type 1 diabetes… and I’ll say it again, diabetes and I have a long life sentence together.
  • Adults can’t be diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. It is more rare for an adult to get type 1, but it certainly can happen. I was diagnosed at age 9. One of my good friends was diagnosed at age 17. Mary Tyler Moore was also diagnosed as an adult. It can happen at any age, it just depends on when your body decides to attack itself.
  • You don’t need insulin if your eating sugar free cake. False. About 3 months ago, I got married. My husband and I had the top layer of our cake made sugar free, just so we knew that I could eat it on the big day. If I ate the sugar free part of the cake, would of  needed insulin. Just because it’s sugar free, doesn’t mean it doesn’t have carbs. I need insulin for carbs. Fortunately for me, I was fighting a low throughout the day.

Living with diabetes is a contestant balancing act. I am always giving myself insulin to counteract what I ate, the frustration I just dealt with or the unpredictable high blood sugars that just happened to come upon me. For those who don’t have diabetes, I hope you would become more aware of what we are constantly dealing with. You comments will annoy us, and cause our blood sugars to go up; If nothing else, please be aware of that!

Dexcom Software with Artificial Pancreas Algorithm

FDA Approves Dexcom Software with Artificial Pancreas Algorithm | www.iamatype1diabetic.com

 

 

There has been a lot of good news out this week in the Diabetes Community! Today, I get to share that the FDA approved new Decom software with artificial pancreas algorithm. Earlier this week, I posted about experimental encapsulated cell replacement therapy called VC-01™.  Both are getting us diabetics closer and closer to that “cure” we have been searching for since the invention of insulin!

SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Dexcom, Inc., (NASDAQ:DXCM), a leader in continuous glucose monitoring (CGM), announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved new software for the Dexcom G4® PLATINUM CGM. The new Software 505features the same advanced algorithm as used in artificial pancreas research around the world. The software will impact the performance of the Dexcom G4 PLATINUM, already considered the most accurate CGM system on the market today. The software will be made available free of charge to adult patients using the Dexcom G4 PLATINUM.

“Patients will be able to go online and download the software, or they will receive the software preloaded onto their Dexcom receiver with new orders,” said Terrence Gregg, CEO, Dexcom. “This latest software enhancement to the Dexcom G4 Platinum will make the performance level comparable to episodic blood glucose finger sticks; this is a significant step in the evolution of CGM becoming the standard-of-care over blood glucose meters for people with diabetes.”

Dexcom, Inc., headquartered in San Diego, California, develops and markets continuous glucose monitoring systems for use by diabetes patients, as well as blood glucose monitoring systems used by healthcare providers in hospital critical care settings.

Available to Dexcom CGM users at no charge, and those who are 18 years and older, the NEW Software 505 features the same algorithm used in the Artificial Pancreas Research and is available to  existing Dexcom customers for free! The Dexcom Update Tool will guide you through the download process. For those who are already using Dexcom G4 PLATINUM, of course you want to download the software! Here is where you can download.

Unfortunately, I cannot. Hopefully, it’s just for the moment. I am an Mac  girl, and this is currently only available for PC! :/

If you don’t currently use Dexcom or have a Continous Glucose Monitor, watch the video below about how it has made life so much easier!

Improving Lives. Curing Type 1 Diabetes!

Have you ever wondering what your donation to JDRF actually does? Every year (well, twice per year), I do the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes in Western New York (Buffalo) and Westchester County (North of NYC). I often get asked what is new in the diabetes community? What changes have been made since their previous year’s donation? Why should they donate again? This year, I can happily explain a few different things going on in the community because of your donations to JDRF — the world’s largest funded organization for type 1 diabetes research. I wanted to kick off the month of November, a.k.a. Diabetes Month, with some great news!!

Firstly, I want to say a big thank you to everyone who donated and participated in the 2014 Westchester Walk to Cure Diabetes last Sunday. Our team, Calla’s Crusaders is still accepting donations until the end of November by clicking here.

JDRF Insider News | Improving Lives. Curing Type 1 Diabetes | www.iamatype1diabetic.com

Secondly, there is new news out this week in the diabetes community!! JDRF-funded partner ViaCyte, has for the first time ever implanted a person with type 1 diabetes (T1D) with an experimental encapsulated cell replacement therapy called VC-01™. The person is participating in a trial to evaluate the safety and efficacy of the VC-01 product candidate, a potential replacement source of insulin-producing cells.

Encapsulated cell replacement therapies have the potential to fundamentally transform the management of T1D by restoring a person’s independence from insulin injections. The stem cell-derived cells are designed to replace a person’s lost insulin-producing ability while being protected from the ongoing T1D autoimmune attack.

This day would not have been possible without JDRF-funded years of stem cell research and the insights learned to protect them from the autoimmune attack. Thanks to our many supporters who helped make this historic day a reality. Let’s celebrate what we have together achieved in our fight against T1D, as we look forward to the full enrollment and results from this study which could move us one step closer to discovering a new and effective treatment for T1D. Read more here.

I cannot answer all of your questions, as I am learning about all these developments too! Please, feel free to ask your questions below, or you can email your detailed questions to info@jdrf.org.

Fall Back

REMINDER: Daylight Savings ends Sunday, November 2, 2014

If you haven’t already known, your supposed to turn your clocks back one hour tonight — which means an extra hour of sleep! Most people would be excited for this, but I am not so much. It’s scary to think about how my blood sugars are going to react over that extra hour, so I will still be waking up just like “normal,” a.k.a. one hour before anyone else.

On top of worrying about my blood sugar levels, it’s also fun to discover my meter and CGM all over again. If your like me, you have to go into a bunch of different settings until you can change the time on both your meter or CGMs… but I am going to make your life (slightly) easier! Below are the steps to change the time in your your Dexcom G4 Platinum Receiver and OmniPod Insulin Pump meter.

How to Change the Time & Date on Dexcom G4 Platnium Reciever | www.iamatype1diabetic.com

Dexcom G4 Platinum Receiver:
1. Press the SELECT button to turn on the receiver. The 3-hour trend graph shows.
2. Press the SELECT button to see the Main Menu.
3. From the Main Menu, press the UP or DOWN button to scroll to “Settings” and press the SELECT button.
4. From the Settings menu, press the UP or DOWN button to scroll to “Time/Date,” and press the SELECT button.
5. Press the RIGHT button to highlight each value in the date and time.
6. Press the UP or DOWN button to make any changes.
7. Press the RIGHT button to move to the next value.
8. The date format is YYYY/MM/DD.
9. Press the SELECT button after choosing “AM” or “PM.” You will return to the Settings menu.


How to Change the Time & Date on OmniPod Insulin Pump Meter

OmniPod Insulin Pump Meter:

1. Click SUSPEND on the home screen to stop all insulin temporarily.

2. Enter the time duration. I simply chose a half hour because it was default, and really only takes a few minutes. Hit ENTER.

3. and finally CONFIRM.

4. Next click SETTINGS on the main home screen.

5. Click SYSTEM SETUP.

6. Click DATE/TIME.

7. Select EDIT.

8. Enter the new date and time. Select ENTER.

9. If information is correct, select CONFIRM.

10. Now you will be redirected back to the home screen. Now we need to turn off the insulin suspension.

11. Select RESUME.

12. Select CONFIRM.